Great excitement yesterday afternoon when we headed down to the tennis and volleyball courts-we met a big group of boys and girls heading home from the local school. There was much curiousity with patting of skin and hair and lots of questions! Keen to know what country we were from, but didn’t know where Australia was (and my kids didn’t know where Ghana was until Bill first came over) and whether they would go to school (yes, but as we’re not locals, need to go to school in Kumasi). With the girls and a few of the younger boys we played shuttlecock and catch, no one (including my kids) had played shuttlecock before but it was picked up very quickly, particularly by the older football playing boys later on. The younger kids were intrigued by our hats. One girl commented that Lill’s hair was going black (and not staying like Jock’s blonde hair) because she hadn’t been wearing her hat enough and the sun was making it black like hers. There is good logic in that! But I showed her our freckles and explained.
I offered to take some photos with my phone and it was a huge hit. The girls were keen (insistent?) on individual posed portraits and the boys were equally keen on photos with Cecie and Lill, with a flurry of flicking through all the photos on my phone afterwards. And while mine were a little nervous with all the attention at the beginning, we had a great laugh and a very fun afternoon.